It’s easy to forget as a glutton and someone with a little disposable income that for families, the summer holidays can be an incredible drain on resources.
For families who rely on the free lunch offered by schools across the country, the six weeks without that can be a struggle. Having to find the money for 3 balanced meals a day for their children when things like childcare become an expensive extra becomes a game of eeking out cupboard staples, relying on cheap and often not very nutritious ingredients and even in some cases, parents going without completely.
It may be easy to wax lyrical about why this has been allowed to happen in one of the ten richest countries in the world, but I’m not going to do that. Instead, I want to shine a light on people making a difference and attempting to ease the pressure on vulnerable families and keep kids healthy and full.
Fareshare is a charity that focuses on excess food redistribution and works with charities, schools and community hubs across the Southwest to share food that is perfectly safe and good to eat but would ordinarily be dumped by supermarkets and distributors.
To help raise money to keep this amazing work going and help to expand to help as many families as possible, nine local restaurants and cafes have created a “green dish” where a portion of the proceeds go straight to Fareshare. Have a look below for the list of where you can help, just by having a decent bit of scran. Also, don’t forget to use the hashtag #ActiveAteBristol if you love your social media to help spread the word!
This event runs until the 1st of September.
- Hobbs House Bakery, North Street & Gloucester Road – (Tuscan Bread Salad: Tuscan chopped salad of soaked organic turmeric and chilli sourdough, delicious sweet red tomatoes, avocado and fresh herbs)
- Mud Dock, Bristol Harbourside (Halloumi, new potato & asparagus with harissa tahini.)
- TinCan Coffee, North Street and Gloucester Road (Green Power Bowl and Green Machine smoothie)
- Coffee Number 12, Easton (Green element to the special of the day)
- Yurt Lush, Temple Meads (Buddha Bowl)
- Cafe Des Amis, Easton (Cakes and all main dishes)
- Pearly King Cakes, Redland (Cupcakes)
- B-Block Pizza, Keynsham (A green smoothie plus £1 added to all bills)
- BOX-E Bristol, Wapping Wharf (A green element to all desserts)
To find out more about what Fareshare doesn’t and maybe offer more of your time or money, head to their website here.
Nb I was invited to try these dishes after making a donation to Fareshare